Various cosmetic tattoo procedures for lips come with various names. When you come in for lip colour tattooed on your lips, you will have most likely thought about it for ages before your appointment. It is important to have an idea of how you like to see your lips. You can then convey that to your semi-permanent tattoo artist. Bring in your most used lip pencils or lip colours too.

Many of you want fuller lips, that is, a vermillion border that gives top lip symmetricity in relation to the lower lip (or if you like, visa-versa). Another request is lipline and colour blended to remove the expectation of (traditional) makeup bleeding into fine lines or heavier wrinkles. Scarring on the lip is common through misadventures, accidents, surgery and can change the look of the lips in a lovely way.

A soft and natural tattoo correction to the lip border can make all the difference in the world. Full lips that don’t really seem to be there somehow, can be softly accentuated.

Deep colour or chic and pale… a good protective moisturiser/ lip gloss on tattooed lips, is important and looks good.

I say many times, lip tattoo does not give a lipstick look but allows you to feel special, and look classy, even when super soft and natural. I could even say that a rosy mouth can look healthier.

Further appointments or yearly refreshers will give you more colour, more coverage will ultimately last longer. It does depend on what you want.

In the cosmetic tattoo world, we know everyone is different. Every one heals differently, and the healing agenda isn’t hard and fast. That is the beauty of it all! Colours are most often custom blended for individual outcomes.

Lip colour is tattooed on the outermost layer of the dermis and a lot of your appointment time will be having you exacting the shape and having you comfortable.

The next important step is keeping your lip tattoo clean…very clean and to expect some swelling. Most clients love this part although swell does disappear in 3 or 4 days. When exfoliation is finished and lips no longer look and feel like chapped skin, they can look too light. Skin cells are reinventing themselves and it may seem confusing. Wait a few more weeks and up to 12 weeks after your final procedure to see the beauty and convenience of semi-permanent blushed lips.

 Question:  Hi Janey, I’ve been wanting you ask why would women want lip line and blend and others want a full lips procedure?

Answer: What the lipline and blending is about is the tapping in of a lipline first. People ask for this when they want change to their lipline, e.g if the lip line has faded away or the mouth is slightly crooked or too thin etc. Then the shading or blending into the natural lip takes place to give it a more completed look. The lips are still bare if you like, but the vermillion line and shape is more pleasing. From there you can use your own lip colour on a day to day basis or leave them bare. So, women often ask for this when they require adjustment to their natural lipline. Lipline and blend are designed to how full, wide, high etc. you want them, ready for the  colour choice you will apply on a day to day basis.

The full lips procedure is all of the above and the complete mouth finished in the colour suited to you.

To answer the question about whether the lipline and full lips procedure look more natural. Both procedures look natural because the pigment is in the skin. The full lips though has the added benefit of looking finished. So, the full lip is all the above and the colour blended right to the edge of the wet area which means you can keep them bare, or  use clear or tinted gloss or balm as you might now.

Question:  How long does each procedure take?  

Answer:  Both procedures take approx. 2 hrs from being on the massage table to out the door (maybe a little longer depending on the initial discussion).

Question:  I’m still not sure about the colour – I still like the idea about a natural tone but more on the rosey side. May I decide when I see you?

Answer:   Yes of course! Bring in your normal makeup too and we will match as near as we can, taking into consideration though that we cannot and do not promise you the exact colour of your traditional makeup. This is because of many factors, the colour that is already in your lips and how the pigment colour will react with the unique  colour constitution of youskin.

Client’ comment:  I’ve never had cold sores or fever blisters.

Answer:  That’s fine, but if you have ever had cold sores in your life, that is, even when you were a teen, or fever blisters, through stress, let me know at least two weeks in advance, so we can prepare your lips for the procedure.  They are  common.

Question:  How long does the healing take? Can I go on my holiday after the first week of this micropigmentation? 

Answer:  The healing takes only a few days – that is the exfoliation of the outer colour on the skin sloughs off in that time. An ointment or similar is applied every day for a few weeks as they feel dry while the colour is settling in. Another procedure is done soon after the first. The new pigment in the lips changes at times and almost seems to hide for a short period and then comes true after about 3 months. That’s when the makeup feels and looks as if it has always been there. However, having said all that, you may go on your holiday and have little if any discomfort from your permanent makeup. As I said, they will feel extra dry for a time and a second procedure is usually essential for full lip colour saturation.

 Question:  So does this  mean I can be more casual about makeup while on holiday?

Answer:  That is what it means. Party time (beach party time?) means you can use a tinted or sparkling gloss or go all out with a lipstick. Full lips cosmetic tattoo changes colour as your skin changes temperature too, for example, if the body is warm it’ll be ‘fuller’ in colour than if it’s cold. Interesting isn’t it?

Question:  Do I have to use sun-block? 

Answer:  Permanent makeup needs your care and attention, right from the healing stage until years down the track. Like anything exposed to the elements without protection, fade takes place. Take care of your lips and your colour will serve you well.

 Happy holidaying! See you when you get back!